Now that he’s done filming The Twilight Saga, Robert Pattinson is on a wonderful mission: use his star power to help directors we like get their movies made. The first notable example is Cosmopolis, the latest off-kilter film from director David Cronenberg that hits theaters on August 17. The next is The Rover, the second feature by Animal Kingdom director David Michod that co-stars Guy Pearce. According to THR, Screen Australia has stepped up to finance the The Rover. Here is why you should care:
“Set in the Australian desert, the futuristic western tells the story of Eric, who has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him, as he’s forced to join an injured gang member, Rey, to hunt down Rey’s gang after they steal the last of Eric’s possessions.”
I was hooked by word eight. Screen Australia will also finance Felony starring Joel Edgerton, Healing starring Hugo Weaving, and the Kim Jong-il movie Aim High in Creation. Hit the jump for details.
- Matthew Saville is directing Felony, a contemporary drama led by Edgerton.
- Don Hany stars opposite Weaving in Healing, a redemptive prison drama from writer/director Craig Monahan.
- Anna Broinowski will write and direct Aim High in Creation, a hybrid drama-documentary that celebrates the “cinematic genius” of the late Kim Jong-il.
Screen Australia CEO Ruth Harley remarked:
“These four highly engaging and diverse Australian stories have huge potential. The Rover is a powerful well-crafted script from a talented team with an impressive cast. Anna Broinowski’s Aim High in Creation is a distinctive, ambitious film with a humorous and entertaining story. Felony has international breakout potential, and Healing promises to be a highly emotional and moving story on screen.”
All told, Screen Australia committed $20 million of production funding to these four features, plus additional eight TV series.